Gridfest: A Monome Music Festival

May 7, 2011 12:00 am to 11:00 pm May 8, 2011 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Gridfest. In the spirit of collaboration, as it is exemplified by artistic endeavor, the monome community is once again organizing a large scale event showcasing the broad spectrum of talent of monome users. Artists from around North America will be attending and performing in a series of concerts and workshops to be held at Corazon and Santa Fe Complex.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 6

Live sets of original electronic music at 8pm, at Corazon, 401 S Guadalupe, 505-983-4559. $5 before 10pm, $7 after.
Saturday, May 7

Workshops, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm, at Santa Fe Complex

Performances, 8 pm and 11 pm, Santa Fe Complex

Workshops: Learn the basics of getting started with a monome at the Santa Fe Complex. Afterwards, presenters will discuss various techniques of monome integration with the music software, Ableton Live. Subsequently, several monome artists will give short presentations on their setups and allow for hands on interaction with the devices.

Workshops: $10

Performances: $10. All day, $15.


Sunday, May 8

Learn to build a monome like device yourself at Santa Fe Complex. Denver
based Mike Stacey (Circle Six) will be leading a four hour workshop where you will learn
how to create an arduinome (monome clone). All parts will be supplied, including custom
enclosures for the devices and participants will leave with a fully functional grid controller.
2 6pm, Santa Fe Complex. $300.

Please visit http://gridfestival.com/ for the full schedule.

About the Monome

Musician Brian Crabtree created the first Monome prototype device in 2001. Crabtree conceived of a device that would use an open grid of buttons in order to allow for greater diversity of functionality over differing musical software applications. Many fellow musicians requested such devices from Crabtree after becoming familiar with the initial device. Amidst a tidal wave of creative personalities, the Monome grew in popularity. From the lucid and exquisitely detailed synth work of friend, Daedelus, to his own minimal atmospheres, the public was soon glimpsed awareness of a rising artistic phenomenon. Crabtree, together with his business partner and wife, Kelli Cain, created an initial run of multiple devices in 2006 as a convenient way to meet the requests of musicians wanting to explore the monome for themselves. The company arose organically, over time, after demand for the device increased.

The monome itself has no hard-wired functionality; interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application (such as Max/MSP) running on the computer. Its open-source nature allows one to program applications to utilize the controller in any way one wishes. In this manner, the monome community continues to redefine and expand its use. While the monome may primarily be used as a musical device, it is used in a wide variety of environments such as video and lighting, scientific reasearch, and art installation. In addition, monome makes available the resouces to enable a user to build one themselves, and creatively source a unique enclosure for the device. Thus, monome pulls from a wide audience of musicians, artists, programmers, makers and hackers.

Today, thousands of musicians across the globe utilize the monome to realize their creative dreams. As a result, a wide variety of music and art has risen where free-formed thoughts and ideas, once too frustrated by issues of tactile control, were finally able to manifest. The community of artists who formed around the device do not identify with the device alone, but also around a shared-interest in all things creative and well-designed. A growing sense of responsibility to their art pervades the community and it is in this spirit that The Monome Community Tour provides an opportunity for performers and audiences alike to experience the self-empowerment and freedom of the Monome.